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  • 8 Things the FAA Could do to Simplify Instrument Procedures

    Aviation Mentor
    John Ewing
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Studious instrument pilots read, assimilate, and they ask questions that can be difficult to answer. A recent discussion about why the FAA depicts Computer Navigation Fixes (CNF) on instrument approach procedures is a good example. After the usual spiel, "CNFs aren't to be used for flight planning and will never be referred to by ATC or included in a clearance ..." the pilot responded that he understood what CNFs were, but didn't understand why they are shown on the charts." Why indeed! These sorts of questions can lead to a blue sky discussion about what kinds of changes would make…
  • Boeing 777 Procedures from a 777 Pilot

    Max Trescott Aviation Trends Aloft
    Max Trescott
    24 Jul 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Media coverage of the Asiana 214 crash underscored a problem with accident reporting: the pilots who know the most about the accident aircraft are often 777 Cockpit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.not the ones you see on television. That’s because most airline pilots are barred by union policy from commenting and sharing what they know. Retired airline pilots are free to comment, though I didn’t see any 777 pilots interviewed. So to get some insight into 777 procedures, I recently met up at a Starbucks with a retired 777 pilot. As background, let me mention that NBC Bay Area invited me to…
  • Staying Alive - Be Prepared

    Cockpit Conversation
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is from the Cheeseburger network's "demotivational posters," but it's the right rule for a pilot to remember. The exact wording on my poster would be "Always leave room for one more thing to go wrong." You can do a turn at low altitude close to the mountains, but can you do it at he same time as an engine failure or a bee sting? It sounds terribly negative, but constantly asking "what is the worst thing that could happen right now and how would I deal with it?" is a very positive way to fly. I think I already told you of the effect Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys has had on my life, but…
  • Not required to take FOI test if already an IGI or AGI?

    Ask a Flight Instructor
    Jay Bunning
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    If you are going to get your CFI and you already have taken the IGI or AGI written test, filled out the 8710 and received your ground instructor certificate, it looks like you don’t need to take teh FOI written test for your CFI certificate. Anyone read the regs any different? Regards, J     §61.183   Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a flight instructor certificate or rating a person must….. (d) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the fundamentals of instructing listed in §61.185 of this part appropriate to the required…
  • How will it Read in the NTSB report?

    Max Trescott Aviation Trends Aloft
    Max Trescott
    31 Mar 2013 | 5:47 pm
    When in doubt about a possible course of action, I think about how any subsequent NTSB report might read. Recently, a student and I had already started the engine, but the ATIS reported a direct crosswind gusting to the aircraft’s maximum demonstrated crosswind capability. The student was ready to go, but I stopped him and we terminated the flight.  This ties in directly with my earlier tip about purging the word “probably” from your flying vocabulary. In all probability, the wind would not have reached a peak gust at the exact moment we took off, and we would not have had an…
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  • See You At The AOPA Fly-In San Marcos

    ForeFlight
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Visit with Team ForeFlight at the San Marcos, TX AOPA Fly-In on Saturday, April 26, 2014. We’ll be in the exhibitor tent ready to show you all the great features in ForeFlight Mobile and answer any questions you may have. Learn about ForeFlight Mobile 6, the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, our new airport diagrams, and more. See you there!
  • New Airport Diagrams from ForeFlight

    ForeFlight
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Last week we launched over 400 ForeFlight-generated, geo-referenced airport diagrams as part of a mid-cycle 1404 data update. These new diagrams provide situational awareness at airports that would not otherwise have this type of information available. At unfamiliar destinations, large or small, we find it helpful to have ownship position as a tool for navigating on the ground. Especially at night. ForeFlight airport diagrams are geo-referenced for position overlay, a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature. In addition to geo-referencing, the diagrams integrate with all of the existing ForeFlight…
  • Bulletin: Airport Database (April 18 Update)

    ForeFlight Data Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    A new Airport and Navigation Database (April 18) is available for the April 3–May 1 2014 period. This updated database includes over 400 new georeferenced ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, available for customers who have upgraded to ForeFlight Mobile 6.0. All customers will be prompted to download the Airport and Navigation Database inside of ForeFlight Mobile 6.0.
  • Seven Reasons To Go ForeFlight Mobile Pro

    ForeFlight
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Have you been considering the Pro upgrade? To help you determine if the upgrade is right for you, here’s a guide that lays out all the additional features you’ll get for the additional $75 per year. If you currently subscribe to the Standard version, we’ll automatically pro-rate the upgrade based on your remaining subscription time. Simply login to your ForeFlight Manage page, go to the subscription tab, and click Upgrade My Plan; or visit our buy page, enter the email address already associated with your account, and select ForeFlight Mobile Pro. ForeFlight Mobile Pro contains all…
  • Cleared As Filed: A Tip For Amending Flight Plans

    ForeFlight
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    One tip to make your flight preparation more efficient is to amend your filed IFR/YFR flight plan based on the expected route clearance sent via ForeFlight’s Flight Alerts (a Pro feature). This will set you up to be cleared as filed when you contact ATC. Here’s how: Amend your ICAO flight plan right in the app. Once you file your IFR flight plan and you receive an expected route notification (you won’t necessarily get one every time you file): Copy the new route from your expected route notification email to the iOS clipboard. Open ForeFlight to the File & Brief View and select the…
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • Chinese charter service looking for parking space in Macau

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Business Aviation Asia Ltd., a Chinese corporate charter and aircraft management company, is looking to add a new hangar at M -More- Download NBAA's Handbook: Reimbursement of Flight Expenses for Owner-Pilots. Start recovering more money from your airplane. Learn how to gain the maximum Federal reimbursement cost benefit with NBAA's easy-to-use comprehensive handbook, saving you time and money. Learn more.
  • A short take-off and landing to protecting yourself when you rent a plane

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    AOPA Insurance Services has teamed up with SocialFlight to present a series of live educational webinars open to all pilots.  -More- Save $65 with Aero-Space Reports AOPA members save $65 off Aero-Space Report's $160 aircraft title package that includes a title search, complete aircraft records and accident/incident report. And during normal business days, AOPA members will receive their package of information within 24 hours!
  • NBAA details new rest guidelines for bizav pilots

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    The National Business Aviation Association recently updated its guidelines for how much rest business aviation pilots need.  -More- 
  • San Marcos Fly-In procedures

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Pilots flying into San Marcos, Texas, Fly-In on April 27 should review the notam.  -More- 
  • Aviation takes off on television

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Blogger Jamie Beckett writes about a new aviation-themed television program in development, and an aerospace network looking  -More- Stratus – Now With Split Screen Attitude! The best-selling ADS-B receiver is now better than ever, with 3 new features. A stunning split-screen attitude view in ForeFlight makes it easy to display backup attitude, moving map, weather and traffic—at the same time! Stratus Replay updates weather even with the screen off, and the animated radar feature makes it easy to track developing storms. Get it all for only $899. Shop Now.
 
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Land Rover debuts technology aimed for cars that’s meant for aviation

    Ian Twombly
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The name Land Rover is synonymous in the automotive world with luxury utility. It’s the ultimate SUV for the aristocracy, whether officially recognized as such or just self appointed. It’s never been considered the most innovate, or even the most reliable brand. A recent announcement may change that. The company is developing a forward-looking camera system that creates the illusion of a see-through hood. The off-road applications are obvious when you think of the large rocks, gullies, and other obstructions these vehicles are meant to handle. But where a technology like this has…
  • Goodyear narrows names for new airship

    Mike Collins
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    After receiving nearly 15,000 submissions for its national “Name the Blimp” contest, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has selected 10 finalist names for its newest airship (pictured above). Now, fans can vote for their favorite name online, through May 9.   The names up for voting are: Adventurer, Ambassador, Commitment, Excursion, Explorer, Goodwill, Inspiration, Pride of Goodyear, Resolute, and Wingfoot One. The new airship, which took its first flight last month, is larger, faster, and more maneuverable than its predecessor. Technically a zeppelin, this is the first…
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    No drones!! The FAA has taken exception with the Washington Nationals baseball team using a drone to take photos of its players during spring training, reports CBS Baltimore.  The agency said the team should have informed them before taking the photos. Speaking of drones… AvWeb reports that an eight-year-old Irish lad had a tooth removed via a drone being operated by his father.  A string was placed around the tooth, and the drone flew about 20 feet, yanking it out. They survived. Two men flying a Czech-built Allegro 2000 light sport aircraft  survived after crashing near the edge…
  • Boeing 737 side-by-side with A380

    Al Marsh
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here’s an interesting perspective on an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 737 making parallel approaches into Los Angeles. Boeing, how small thou art!
  • Strange but true general aviation news

    Benet Wilson
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Drinking and flying don’t mix.  A man is facing DUI and obstructing a police officer after allegedly stealing an aircraft from Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada, reports Examiner.com.  The man, seen “recklessly” taking off and landing five times, said he was trying to complete part of his pilot’s license. They should have just acted normal. Police in Cody, Wyo., confiscated nearly $260,000 in cash from two men who flew into Yellowstone Regional Airport without a pilot’s license and behaved suspiciously, reports the Powell Tribune. One man was charged with…
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  • Which flight school would you recommend?

    bee
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    I am engineering student(computer science) from India. I have dreamed of being a pilot since I was a little girl. I’ll be finishing my course in July 2014 and I hope to join a flight school immediately after July or so. I have no flying experience i.e I don’t have a student pilot license. I want to become an airline pilot someday. And it happens so that I have to do it from scratch. Can you suggest a few good flight schools in the US? A school which helps international students with little understanding of flying to become professionals. 
  • Flying Off center of the magenta line?

    Stephen Bellacera
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    In this day where a GPS receiver is  accurate  to within a few feet at times, does anyone tend to fly a few ticks off of the magenta line just as an extra layer of protection against the midair collision?  If a pilot isn’t following the hemispheric rule, and the two of you happen to be going to and from the same way points at the same altitude, then  your noes will meet within couple feet or less of each other! Then again, its a pain on a long XC to not just let NAV do all the work! Just wanted to get your thoughts… Ofcourse I’ll keep my head outside, and do flight…
  • V1 Speeds for 172′s and other small GA Aircraft and RTO’s

    Stephen Bellacera
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Greetings Pilots!  I was just reading a NTSB report (PB2010-910402) on a Learjet that experienced multiple tire failures on TO which resulted in the fatal crash.  The PIC  decided to attempt a rejected takeoff  (RTO) after passing V1, instead of continuing the takeoff and treating it as a In-flight Emergency.   Anyways… this sad story got me thinking;  As far as I can tell  there is no mention of V1 when it came to PPL training.    Why is this?  And in a C 172 at what speed would you continue the TO if you lost a tire?     My PPL training I felt was very through, but one…
  • Not required to take FOI test if already an IGI or AGI?

    Jay Bunning
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    If you are going to get your CFI and you already have taken the IGI or AGI written test, filled out the 8710 and received your ground instructor certificate, it looks like you don’t need to take teh FOI written test for your CFI certificate. Anyone read the regs any different? Regards, J     §61.183   Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a flight instructor certificate or rating a person must….. (d) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor on the fundamentals of instructing listed in §61.185 of this part appropriate to the required…
  • Colored federal airways

    psequeira
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Where could I find colored federal airways? Is there like a separate map I am missing here?
 
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    Max Trescott Aviation Trends Aloft

  • Gossamer Airplane Presentation in Mountain View, California

    Max Trescott
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:23 am
    Hard to believe but, it’s been over 30 years since the pedal-powered Gossamer Airplane flew across the English Channel. Besides winning a huge cash prize, some of the carbon-fiber construction techniques used today were invented during the project. If you’re lucky enough to be in the S.F. Bay area next week, don't miss the Aero Club of Northern California luncheon on Thursday, April 3, featuring Dr. Morton Grosser presenting on the human-powered, Gossamer Airplane project. Luncheon is at 11:15 AM at Michaels at Shoreline, Mountain View, CA. Please send your name and choice of Cobb…
  • Rod Machado dinner event - November 1 Hiller Museum, San Carlos

    Max Trescott
    24 Oct 2013 | 11:49 pm
    “If we had royalty in the United States, then Rod Machado would be the Prince of General Aviation. He sets the gold standard for accomplishments and for being a kind human being who helps others.” That’s what I wrote about Rod in one of my books. If you are in the S.F. Bay area next weekend, run, drive, fly, hitchhike or swim to the San Carlos Airport to meet Rod and hear him speak on Friday night. If you’ve never heard Rod speak then you’re in for a real treat. He’s one of the funniest aviation speakers on the planet, so it’s bound to be hilarious evening. He will be honored…
  • Boeing 777 Procedures from a 777 Pilot

    Max Trescott
    24 Jul 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Media coverage of the Asiana 214 crash underscored a problem with accident reporting: the pilots who know the most about the accident aircraft are often 777 Cockpit. Image from Wikimedia Commons.not the ones you see on television. That’s because most airline pilots are barred by union policy from commenting and sharing what they know. Retired airline pilots are free to comment, though I didn’t see any 777 pilots interviewed. So to get some insight into 777 procedures, I recently met up at a Starbucks with a retired 777 pilot. As background, let me mention that NBC Bay Area invited me to…
  • Finally! An Accurate G1000 simulator

    Max Trescott
    7 Jun 2013 | 10:05 am
    Flight simulators can improve flying skills, especially if they closely approximate a real airplane. But many don’t, so when I teach clients in those devices I frequently say “In the real airplane it works differently from this.”  But finally there’s a device that so closely mirrors the real Garmin G1000 that I don’t need to make excuses for it. It’s the new GT Glass Trainer from Precision Flight Controls (PFC). Technically, most devices found in flight schools are not flight simulators. The FAA reserves that term for the million dollar devices used to train pilots in turboprops…
  • How will it Read in the NTSB report?

    Max Trescott
    31 Mar 2013 | 5:47 pm
    When in doubt about a possible course of action, I think about how any subsequent NTSB report might read. Recently, a student and I had already started the engine, but the ATIS reported a direct crosswind gusting to the aircraft’s maximum demonstrated crosswind capability. The student was ready to go, but I stopped him and we terminated the flight.  This ties in directly with my earlier tip about purging the word “probably” from your flying vocabulary. In all probability, the wind would not have reached a peak gust at the exact moment we took off, and we would not have had an…
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    Aviation Mentor

  • Early April Photos

    John Ewing
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    A few recent photos from various training flights in various aircraft.Approaching front ...Night carnivalCleared for takeoffEn route, CalaverasCumulonimbus mammatus? Get me outta here!Almost on topDodging the yellow stuffHayward SunsetHitching a ride to KLVK with Allan and Chris. We owe you guys!Lots of glassNear KPAOCalaveras DepartureTwilight taxiAltamount clagPort of Oakland at SunsetEn route KLVKSteep turns before the storm
  • Fork in the Road

    John Ewing
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:39 pm
    No one was hurt when a Southwest Airlines 737 mistakenly landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri or when a Boeing Dreamlifter landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas, but these high-profile boo boos did reignite a smoldering debate about cockpit automation, autopilots, and stick-and-rudder flying skills. How could experienced flight crews allow this sort of thing to unfold? Is automation the enemy or is it a godsend? It depends on one's perspective and the particular flying situation. With autopilots and glass panels becoming standard equipment, even in light GA aircraft, one…
  • March 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    16 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A few photos from the last few weeks of flying ...14,500' in a C172 with EIS ... not bad!Skimming the Valley in the Silver SurferOwens ValleyEn Route MammothWinds aloft 350@43 knots, but not too bumpyMammoth in SightThere's a runway down there ... somewhere.Picturesque pattern work at HaywardTurns about a pointDirect OMWAPByron Sunset
  • 8 Things the FAA Could do to Simplify Instrument Procedures

    John Ewing
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Studious instrument pilots read, assimilate, and they ask questions that can be difficult to answer. A recent discussion about why the FAA depicts Computer Navigation Fixes (CNF) on instrument approach procedures is a good example. After the usual spiel, "CNFs aren't to be used for flight planning and will never be referred to by ATC or included in a clearance ..." the pilot responded that he understood what CNFs were, but didn't understand why they are shown on the charts." Why indeed! These sorts of questions can lead to a blue sky discussion about what kinds of changes would make…
  • Ready, Willing, and Able

    John Ewing
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    In some traditional disciplines, particularly in the East, the teacher-student relationship has a committed and long-lived character that is seldom part of current day western educational practice. Instead of expecting a teacher to pour knowledge into one's head when it's convenient, the student endures hardships as a way of proving they are dedicated to learning. With the number of general aviation pilots on a slow decline, the notion of a student's dedication to training is at odds with an increasingly popular notion that instructors must cater to the needs of their students. The promise…
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Who is Onboard?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Patrick Smith at AskThePilot.com has ranted on a subject I have ranted on before. There are at minimum two people working in an airline cockpit. Both are pilots. Why do the media pretend there is only one? This isn't a new thing. Ernest Gann started out as a copilot in the ... 1920s? (I'm busy ranting, book is in another room, not looking it up). The correct terminology is not impenetrable airline jargon that has to be dumbed down for the media-consuming proles. As Smith points out, it's largely a matter of adding an -s to a word they are already using. If they boldly go a step further and…
  • On Leadership and Lost

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I've been rewatching, or kind of re-listening to--I tend to do chores with the television playing--Lost recently. One of the themes of the show is leadership, which is something I'm dealing with in life, as well. You'll see whatever it is you're focusing on, in whatever you look at, so it's not surprising I'm finding it in Lost. When I was in high school, and I got into first world funks of depression at the hopelessness of life, (i.e. when I was a normal teenager), I discovered that a good route out was through reading really depressing stories by A.P. Chekhov. He wrote hundreds of the…
  • Quick: Name the First Woman to Fly Around the World

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    First two admissions: One) I don't remember hearing of her before today. Two) I don't have time to do any fact checking; I'm trusting this Buzzfeed article, and banging out a quick post for the 50th anniversary of the completion of her flight. Her name is Jerrie Mock. Is. She's still alive. Because she flew around the damn world and didn't get lost or run out of fuel or crash. It's too bad that she did it under the racelike conditions that she did, and didn't get more of a chance to explore the places she visited. I wish her later years had been happier and that she had had more opportunities…
  • Staying Alive - Be Prepared

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is from the Cheeseburger network's "demotivational posters," but it's the right rule for a pilot to remember. The exact wording on my poster would be "Always leave room for one more thing to go wrong." You can do a turn at low altitude close to the mountains, but can you do it at he same time as an engine failure or a bee sting? It sounds terribly negative, but constantly asking "what is the worst thing that could happen right now and how would I deal with it?" is a very positive way to fly. I think I already told you of the effect Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys has had on my life, but…
  • Fireproof Clothing One Can Pee Out Of

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fireproof clothing that doesn't need to be removed before urinating: is that too much to ask? I have asked this question before on this blog, but then it was more rhetorical, Now I'm actually in the market for Nomex flightsuits compatible with in-flight urination. Preferably in company colours. (Protip: if you want to save money on flightsuits in company colours, make your company colours navy blue or khaki). So I turn to the first resort of anyone in the 21st century looking for anything: Google (because my phone isn't new enough to have Siri). Try and guess what the entire first page of…
 
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    Indy Transponder

  • Indy Transponder 23-APR-2014 1800z

    XPDR
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Mix and mingle with the Blue Angels, other top aerial performers at the Vero Beach Air Show - WPTV | Have you ever wanted to see the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in action? Now you can, and you'll even get to meet the pilots with this exclusive prize package.  The Vero Beach Air Show brings some of the world's top aerial performers to the Vero Beach Municipal Airport in May. One grand prize winner will receive two tickets to the Sponsor/Performer Party on Friday May 9...Watch: What it looks like when weightlessness kicks in during Blue Angels flight demonstration - Canada.com | The US Navy…
  • Indy Transponder 22-APR-2014 1700z

    XPDR
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Video: Watch as the US Navy’s Blue Angels fly unbelievably close to each other | ...The following video comes from D. Hartney, a Blue Angels Maintenance Officer, and it features four Blue Angels flying just inches away from each other...Trojan Phylers at Air Power Expo · General Aviation News | Based south of Fort Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for its performance in the first airshow NAS JRB Ft Worth has had in several years. The Trojan Phlyers will perform at the joint reserve base April 26-27....PDK plans air show for May 17 * reporternewspapers.net |…
  • Indy Transponder 21-APR-2014 2200z

    XPDR
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Jets the showstoppers at Warbirds - Otago Daily Times | The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has signalled it is moving firmly into the jet age. While much of the pulling power of past airshows has been their displays of piston-engined veteran aircraft from World War 2, the highlights of Saturday's show at Wanaka Airport revolved around jet engines....Video: Tanner Yaberg's Record Flight, 4-17-14 * Mojave Experimental Fly-inJim Axl Siler's Photo's * Mojave Experimental Fly-inAir show coming to Kalispell - KPAX-TV | ...Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Vice President Chris Parson says…
  • Indy Transponder 21-APR-2014 1600z

    XPDR
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Dan Marcotte Bails Out by Rob Reider | Shortly after noon today, Friday, April 18, Dan Marcotte bailed out of his Ultimate Biplane while practicing an aerobatic routine, television stations WCAX & WPTZ reported....Support for Captain Greg McWherter * Rob Reider | A couple of days ago Captain Greg McWherter was relieved of his command for allegations against him when he was Boss of the Blue Angels. While I don't know the specifics, the Navy Times article stated: "...a March 24 complaint alleging misconduct and an inappropriate command climate while he led the Blues from November 2008 to…
  • Indy Transponder 18-APR-2014 1300z

    XPDR
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Video: Record-Breaking Flights Precede Experimental Fly-In - Flying Magazine | Renowned Reno air racer Lee Behel attempted three record-breaking flights in the past week in Mojave, California, flying his sexy single-place GP-5 race airplane. While the results have not yet been officially confirmed, the initial numbers are impressive...Hangar 24 Announces Lineup for Airfest - Brewbound.com | Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Charities will bring multi-platinum rock group Everclear to the Redlands Airport to headline their two-day Airfest & 6th Anniversary Celebration. The event is held in…
 
 
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  • AirplaneGeeks 296 – Go Attend an Air Show

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    We talk with John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows. The air show industry suffered last year under sequestration with the loss of the military demonstration teams. This year, however, many of the military performers are back, to the benefit of the military and the public. So now the focus is on contingency planning for any possible repeat of the loss of military performers. We discuss the impact of rising fuel prices on the air show industry, how air show spectator satisfaction is measured, and the annual ICAS convention. ICAS works to maintain safety at air shows,…
  • AirplaneGeeks 295 – Air Travel as a Jigsaw Puzzle

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Steven Frischling (“Fish”) builds jigsaw puzzles that divine the state of air travel, and he might be unique in his methodology. Fish also follows aviation security pretty closely. We talk with him about what he sees in the air travel industry, including which airline is the best when it comes to social interaction and demonstrating a commitment to customer service. And of course, you can’t talk with Fish without getting his comments on airport security. Fish blogs at Flying With Fish and you can follow him on Twitter as @FlyingWithFish. He also runs Travelers’ Night In, a travel…
  • AirplaneGeeks 294 – A Huge Hole in the Airport Fence

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Guest Robin Petgrave has over 10,000 hours of flight experience, and is Chief Pilot and President of Celebrity Helicopters, providing helicopter tours, charters, flight training, helicopter ferrying, and entertainment industry production work. Robin is also the Founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, which mentors young, economically deprived future aviators. T.A.M. offers hands-on involvement with static displays, aircraft simulators, and youth programs that use aviation and Robin’s success to show kids that they have unlimited potential to do whatever they love to do. Through…
  • AirplaneGeeks 293 – An Aerospace Engineer

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Guest Hillel Glazer joins in our conversation about the effects of Malaysia Airlines MH370: The media frenzy, crowd-sourcing the search, public access to information and how that affects the search and investigation, remote ground control of airliners, and the MH 370 investigation from the perspective of ICAO. Hillel also helps us understand what it means to be an aerospace engineer: the scope of activity, specialization, and if this a good time for that career. Also, the role of long, global supply chains in aircraft manufacturing, and why we see so many delays in new airplane introductions.
  • AirplaneGeeks 292 – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:23 am
    David and Max talk about the FAA/EAA agreement for Airventure, a unique Delta perk, and nano particle technology applied to jet engines. The Australia Desk covers increased air traffic activity due to the search for MH370, and a Tiger Moth AD. In the Across the Pond segment, we learn about aviation in Scandinavia. As always, the listener mail adds great topics, including more on the Flarm system, learning to fly first in a glider, a call for the fanciest/prettiest airport compass rose, cockpit voice recorder run time, the future of the A-10, nose-wheel cameras as IFE, and aviation book…
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  • Making the Best of a Marginal VFR Day

    tmacrock
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It had been a while since I had flown, so to get current, I booked some time with Simple Flight CFI Extraordinaire Al Waterloo. Our goal was to go out and do a biennial flight review flight (BFR). However, when...
  • Missed by History: Jerrie Mock The First Woman to Fly Around the World

    tmacrock
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Quick, name the most famous female aviator of all time? Of course your answer was Amelia Earhart, a revolutionary figure in aviation with a tragic story to boot. However, I contend that Jerrie Mock should have been in your decision...
  • San Francisco Seaplane Adventures

    tmacrock
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I think all pilots, subconsciously or not, gravitate towards airports. We can't keep our eyes from focusing on overflying airplanes and following them to airports, or at least that is what I do. While visiting San Francisco this past weekend...
  • 2013 Year of Flying in Review

    tmacrock
    16 Jan 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Typically my annual review is focused on the hours logged. This past year I feel I was as invested in general aviation as I have ever been, that being said my hours spent as PIC don't necessarily reflect that. Coming...
  • Aviation Adventures: Planned and Unplanned

    tmacrock
    22 Aug 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Aviation Adventures come in both the planned and unplanned variety, as illustrated by my most recent flight. Every August since 2005 I have covered the Chicago Air & Water Show for MyFlightBlog and a few other media outlets but in...
 
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  • Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia has acknowledged an Egyptian request to procure a squadron of MiG-35 advanced fighter aircraft, to include up to 24 fighter jets at a cost of US$3 billion. The post Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesRussian Air Force to Receive More MiG-29SMTTwo Drone Attacks Kill at least 13 AQAP Terrorists in YemenJapan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this YearJordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria,…
  • Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Norwegian Army is evaluating the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) augmented reality goggles, enabling troops to look through the armour protecting their vehicles. In a recent test troops were able to drive an M-113 armoured personnel carrier using the Oculus Rift gaming-goggles. The post Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldBoeing P-8A Begins Advanced…
  • Israel opens military service to the Christian minority

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    In a new program to make information and voluntary military drafting options available to the Christian population of Israel, the Israel Defense The post Israel opens military service to the Christian minority appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesTension is mounting along Israel-Gaza borderIsrael Launches OFEQ 10 Spy SatelliteNew ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in IsraelEgypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from RussiaCyber Intelligence Report 
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    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo, one of the world's leading international defense exhibitions was held in New Delhi, India in February. With ever increasing military spending and Indian reliance on foreign military equipment, the International presence at the biennial exhibition has grown 57 percent from the past event. Defexpo also provided an opportunity for small and medium companies to showcase anything from electronics and electro-optics systems to air conditioning, filtration, to lifesaving first aid kits for the warfighter. The…
  • Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border

    News Desk
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tension along the Israel-Gaza border has mounted in recent days, after a series of attacks from the Gaza Strip, On Sunday April 20th an IED was activated against Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers patrolling the security fence along the southern Gaza Strip. 12 hours later; on 07:15 Monday, Palestinian militants fired a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) at an IDF patrol along the security fence in the same area. The post Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related…
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  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
  • P51 Mustang Ford Mustang

    JetAviator7
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    What do the P51 Mustang airplane and the Ford Mustang car have to do with each other? I recently ran across an old article entitled “Two P-51 pilots reunite with their warbirds…” about their being reunited with the aircraft they flew while at Oshkosh in 2009. Brothers had flown Mustang aircraft in World War II. The article was about Cuthbert (Bill) Pattillo and Charles (Buck) Pattillo, twin brothers who wound up flying missions over Europe. The Pattillo Brothers in WWII The Pattillo Brothers with a P-51 in WWIIHere the two brothers are photographed in front of the…
  • Herch’s Aviation Picks Of The Week

    JetAviator7
    22 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    John TravolataIt must be nice to own your very own Boeing 707 to fly around on business! Just think, no worries about fuel costs, no management to tell you how to operate and no one to be accountable too! It must be nice! Britain Claims They Inspired John Travolta To Fly! In a recent article in the Mirror the Brits claim Travolta told them he learned to fly because of Britain’s proud aviation history. John Travolta reveals Brits inspired him to learn to fly as he touches down in London Feb 17, 2014 08:29 By Marc Baker Movie star John Travolta flew himself to London this week – and…
  • The City Of Richmond Ford TriMotor

    JetAviator7
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    Ford Tri-Motor The City Of Richmond In FlightIn 2009 this Ford TriMotor (also known as a “Tin Goose“) was sold at auction. What a beautiful aircraft this is! The story of the Ford Trimotor began with William Bushnell Stout, an aeronautical engineer who had previously designed several aircraft using principles similar to those of Professor Hugo Junkers, the noted German aircraft designer. In the early 1920s a group of 19 investors led by Henry Ford invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company. Mr. Stout was a bold and imaginative salesman and when short of money for his ompany sent…
  • 78 And Still Going Strong – The Douglas DC-3

    JetAviator7
    24 Jan 2014 | 1:30 am
    Air Columbia DC-3 by Juan Carlos Rocha for Infosurhoy.comThe venerable Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 17, 1935 and many of them continue to fly to this day. 16,079 different variants of the Douglas DC-3 were manufactured and by 1998 over 400 were still flying. 10,048 were military variants of the Douglas DC-3 designated the C-47 and C-53. American Airlines inaugurated passenger service on the Douglas DC-3 on June 26, 1936, with simultaneous flights from Newark, N.J. and Chicago, IL. The Douglas DC-3 Today Today you will find the Douglas DC-3 still in service flying into and out of remote…
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  • Short Field Takeoff

    JetAviator7
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    A Short Field TakeoffFor pilots one of the most challenging situations are the short field takeoff. But add to that density altitude and you have even more of a challenge! Over the years I have encountered a number of times when a short field takeoff was required by runway length or density altitude considerations; however, I never trusted the charts to be completely accurate because the aircraft I was flying was not brand new flown by a test pilot. As a result I always added a safety margin. Short Field Technique The short field takeoff technique you use will be determined by the type of…
  • P51 Mustang Ford Mustang

    JetAviator7
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    What do the P51 Mustang airplane and the Ford Mustang car have to do with each other? I recently ran across an old article entitled “Two P-51 pilots reunite with their warbirds…” about their being reunited with the aircraft they flew while at Oshkosh in 2009. Brothers had flown Mustang aircraft in World War II. The article was about Cuthbert (Bill) Pattillo and Charles (Buck) Pattillo, twin brothers who wound up flying missions over Europe. The Pattillo Brothers in WWII The Pattillo Brothers with a P-51 in WWIIHere the two brothers are photographed in front of the…
  • Herch’s Aviation Picks Of The Week

    JetAviator7
    22 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    John TravolataIt must be nice to own your very own Boeing 707 to fly around on business! Just think, no worries about fuel costs, no management to tell you how to operate and no one to be accountable too! It must be nice! Britain Claims They Inspired John Travolta To Fly! In a recent article in the Mirror the Brits claim Travolta told them he learned to fly because of Britain’s proud aviation history. John Travolta reveals Brits inspired him to learn to fly as he touches down in London Feb 17, 2014 08:29 By Marc Baker Movie star John Travolta flew himself to London this week – and…
  • The City Of Richmond Ford TriMotor

    JetAviator7
    3 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    Ford Tri-Motor The City Of Richmond In FlightIn 2009 this Ford TriMotor (also known as a “Tin Goose“) was sold at auction. What a beautiful aircraft this is! The story of the Ford Trimotor began with William Bushnell Stout, an aeronautical engineer who had previously designed several aircraft using principles similar to those of Professor Hugo Junkers, the noted German aircraft designer. In the early 1920s a group of 19 investors led by Henry Ford invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company. Mr. Stout was a bold and imaginative salesman and when short of money for his ompany sent…
  • 78 And Still Going Strong – The Douglas DC-3

    JetAviator7
    24 Jan 2014 | 1:30 am
    Air Columbia DC-3 by Juan Carlos Rocha for Infosurhoy.comThe venerable Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 17, 1935 and many of them continue to fly to this day. 16,079 different variants of the Douglas DC-3 were manufactured and by 1998 over 400 were still flying. 10,048 were military variants of the Douglas DC-3 designated the C-47 and C-53. American Airlines inaugurated passenger service on the Douglas DC-3 on June 26, 1936, with simultaneous flights from Newark, N.J. and Chicago, IL. The Douglas DC-3 Today Today you will find the Douglas DC-3 still in service flying into and out of remote…
 
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  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – TR Update / Beyond Powder / Giveway – Episode 537

    Staff Writer
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Tune in for a full update on the B-17 Texas Raiders.  Find out how there 1/2 month tour to Sun-N-Fun and more went!  We’ll also speak with a WWII Blimp crewmember who flew along the east coast on coastal patrols.  This particular veteran went on to serve on Privateers and said “today” […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Arlington’s Next Fly-Over – Episode 536

    Staff Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – The patriots at Warrior Aviation are at it again!  Listen in as Pat Marsh and Mark Burgess outline their next honor flight over Arlington National Cemetery later this month.  Download this episode for all the details. FYI…Gary Velasco also chimes in on next week’s big giveaway.  Thanks for tuning in! QUICK LINK:  Warrior […]
  • Freeman Field Recovery Team On NatGeo – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep535

    Staff Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Our friends at the Freeman Field Recovery Team will be featured on NatGeo’s popular show Diggers this Tuesday (March 11th) at 10pm (EST) on the NatGeo Channel.  David Gray joins Matt Jolley with an update on the buried WWII German aircraft on Freeman Field.  Find out how the recovery is progressing and […]
  • WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

    Staff Writer
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:57 am
    MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has […]
  • B-17 Lacey Lady Restoration Update – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep534

    Staff Writer
    11 Feb 2014 | 11:42 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – Sean O’brien from the B-17 Alliance Group joins Matt Jolley with a restoration update on their B-17 “Lacey Lady”.  Gary Velasco (Fighting Colors.com) also stops by to announce the start of a nose art panel give away here on Warbird Radio.  For complete contest rules download the show now and take a […]
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  • New airline routes launched (15 – 21 April 2014)

    anna.aero
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    A relatively quiet week with 29 airlines launching 54 new routes, including Hawaiian Airlines adding its first service to China from Honolulu, Jetairfly expanding its presence in the French market with the launch of six new routes as well as Far Eastern Air Transport introducing two cross-strait routes from Taichung to Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. The […]The post New airline routes launched (15 – 21 April 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Aer Lingus commences second route to Croatia

    anna.aero
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Aer Lingus begins weekly flights between Dublin and Pula in Croatia, utilising A320s. Aer Lingus launched its second route to Croatia during the course of last week, when it began weekly services (Saturdays) from Dublin (DUB) to Pula (PUY) on 19 April. The 1,741-kilometre sector will be flown utilising the carrier’s 174-seat A320s and will […]The post Aer Lingus commences second route to Croatia appeared first on anna.aero.
  • China Eastern Airlines adds two more routes to network

    anna.aero
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    China Eastern Airlines links Lijiang and Hangzhou with daily flights, taking on Air China and Beijing Capital Airlines. China Eastern Airlines on 21 April began daily flights between Lijiang (LJG) and Hangzhou (HGH). This is the airline’s 10th destination from Lijiang and 19th from Hangzhou. The 1,990-kilometre route will be served by the airline’s 737s […]The post China Eastern Airlines adds two more routes to network appeared first on anna.aero.
  • interCaribbean Airways introduces Jamaican domestic route

    anna.aero
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    interCaribbean Airways links Montego Bay with Kingston. Competes with Caribbean Airlines on the 140-kilometre route. interCaribbean Airways’ Montego Bay to Kingston interCaribbean Airways has started domestic flights on the island of Jamaica. On 16 April, the airline commenced flying 16 times weekly between Montego Bay (MBJ) and Kingston (KIN), a distance of just 140 kilometres. […]The post interCaribbean Airways introduces Jamaican domestic route appeared first on anna.aero.
  • transavia.com adds three new European routes

    anna.aero
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    transavia.com starts two routes from Amsterdam and another one from Eindhoven with thrice-weekly flights, using a mixed fleet of its 737-700s and 737-800s. transavia.com’s Eindhoven to Athens transavia.com, the Dutch-based low-cost carrier, added three European links to its offering during the course of last week, all of which are operated thrice-weekly. On 17 April, the […]The post transavia.com adds three new European routes appeared first on anna.aero.
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  • 5 Social Media Marketing Lessons for Airlines from the #myNYPD Hashtag Fail

    Shubhodeep Pal
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    A few years ago, Qantas was one of the first companies to be burnt by social media when what started as a feel-good #QantasLuxury campaign on Twitter, fast devolved into the butt of jokes — and when the jokes start flying on Twitter, all one can do is run for cover. Last night, the New York Police Department was served a heavy dose of public vitriol when they invited Twitter folks to tweet about “New York’s finest” with the hashtag #myNYPD. Little did they anticipate the public outpouring of hate that followed — users uploaded hundreds of photos of police…
  • Should social media dictate HR policies? Lessons from Air Canada and American Airlines

    Shashank Nigam
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Two major incidents flared up in the last few days, in the world of airline marketing. Let me first share a quick overview of what happened. To fire, or not to fire? The American Airlines way Last week, US Airways tweeted out possibly the most lewd image ever sent out from a corporate account. For the sanctity of this site, we have deliberately chosen not to show it here or link to it. Since the tweet was sent as a reply to a customer’s query on Twitter, and it wouldn’t have appeared on the airline’s timeline. However, in a matter of minutes, it had spread across Twitter,…
  • Air Canada baggage toss video requires deeper thinking about passenger experience #paxEx

    Shashank Nigam
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Darren Van Slyke is an Air Canada million miler, and a fan of the airline. On April 17, 2014, he was traveling from Toronto to Vancouver, on the airline’s brand new Boeing 777. Seated next to him was Dwayne Stewart. Both of them were in Premium Economy. As they waited for boarding to be completed, they witnessed something bizarre from the airplane window.   Baggage handlers were throwing last minute, gate-checked bags, almost 20 feet through the air, to load them into the cargo hold of the aircraft! Not surprisingly, this incident was captured by Dwayne on his iPhone, and posted on…
  • British Airways Visit Soon tugs on the heartstrings, with Tourism Australia #visitsoon

    Shashank Nigam
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Imagine you have gone to watch a movie in the theatre. And it turns to be about your family! That’s exactly what happened to Alec and Catherine, two elderly British couple whose daughter moved to Australia with her family a few years ago. As they sat in the packed theatre, they realised that the subject of movie they are watching is their own grand daughter, Esme Rowling. Their reactions, captured aptly in a video, are priceless and heartwarming. The video features Esme enjoying her life in Sydney, swimming everyday, playing with her friends, but missing her grand parents as well. The…
  • 5 Lessons Airline Marketers Can Learn from Southwest Airlines’ Latest Viral Video

    Shubhodeep Pal
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Southwest Airlines is the talk of the internet once again. And deservedly so.  The airline, well-known for its creative marketing campaigns and powerful online brand, has delivered — in an apparently unplanned fashion — a viral hit on YouTube. The video, presumably shot on a mobile phone, features an SWA flight attendant reeling off the most hilarious one-liners while making routine safety announcements. While we’ve seen a number of popular in-flight videos — such as dancing flight attendants, funny pilots,  in-flight concerts and even rapping flight attendants, the…
 
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  • Are Online Marketing Classes a Waste of Time?

    Paula Williams
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Staying up-to-date with the latest marketing technologies and techniques is a never-ending job.  One way to get good, up-to-date information without spending a fortune on travel is to take online marketing classes and read articles such as this one. Is it worth the time to do all that reading and studying? No, it isn’t. Not unless you actually implement what you learn. There is very little benefit to passively sitting through webinars or perusing articles while you sip coffee and try to wake up. If you’re just looking for an amusing way to pass the time, you might as well browse…
  • If The Purpose of Your Ad is to “Get Your Name Out There,” Don’t Waste Your Money!

    Paula Williams
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    “I was kind of upset. We had run the ad for three months straight, and received no inquiries.  But, as the ad salesman said, the real purpose is really to ‘get our name out there.’” Um, no. To “get your name out there” is a fine objective if you’re Coca Cola or Boeing or GE. For the rest of us, we require better performance from our marketing dollars. “But shouldn’t we be copying the methods of big, successful companies? After all, that’s who they mention in the marketing textbooks.” Um, no again. A big, important brand with a…
  • Use Your Company (Or Product’s) Core Story to Build Your Brand

    Paula Williams
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When people click on the “About Us” link on your website, do they see (option 1) a list of dry facts and figures, or (option 2)  a fascinating “core story” about why your company was started and what it stands for?  Which option is a more effective way to build your brand? The vast majority of companies use option 1. What a horrible waste of an opportunity! If a visitor to your website has invested the time to read more about your company, shouldn’t you reward his curiosity with something more interesting than the usual corporate-speak litany like this:…
  • Marketing and Privacy – Mutually Exclusive?

    Paula Williams
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Balancing marketing efforts with privacy concerns is something we discuss with every new client, and something that everyone involved with marketing or sales should consider carefully. We recently spoke with an entrepreneur we met at a trade show. “I just started a new business venture, and of course I want it to be successful. We have an innovative product and I need to do everything I can to get the word out.” I asked what his plans were for marketing his new business. He listed the “usual suspects” – a website, pay-per-click ads, magazine ads, trade shows, and…
  • What Are Your Customers Too Embarrassed to Tell You?

    Paula Williams
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Your customers are smart people. But sometimes, they are too embarrassed to tell you what they don’t know. Especially if you sell high-tech, complex, or large-ticket items; this can be more of a problem than you realize. ABCI buys and uses a ridiculous amount of software and data subscription services. These sophisticated tools change frequently, and are become worthless if we don’t also spend a ridiculous amount of time learning to use them well and staying current on changes in technology and markets. We attend several seminars per year and do a LOT of reading and talking to…
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  • First flight of the Kellet Autogiro — Airplanes by Design

    Mark Jones Jr
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    24 April 1931 was the first flight of the Kellet K-2 Autogiro, a US Army Air Force prototype tested at Wright Field in Ohio. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? I’d be happy to post them and link to your website. Send a message to @FlightTestFact on Twitter to share your Airplanes by Design…
  • VJ101 — Airplanes by Design

    Mark Jones Jr
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    10 April 1963 was the first flight of the VJ 101, a German VTOL research aircraft designed for supersonic speeds. It is now on display in Germany. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? I’d be happy to post them and link to your website. Send a message to @FlightTestFact on Twitter to share…
  • an example of application — ATOMs #14-12

    Mark Jones Jr
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The last post in this series suggested that application is hard. Here I want to share one brief example of application. Imagine trying to shoot an apple. Mathematics describes the ballistic arc of the bullet subject to the forces of gravity and drag and the like. Statistics will tell us that the wind is a significant factor, highly correlated to the accuracy and precision of our shot. Applied tools of mathematics and statistics tell us whether or not we’ll blow off the head of the boy upon which the apple rests. __________________________________________________ Download the white paper…
  • in praise of dumb ideas — observations #26

    Mark Jones Jr
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard decided to first start a company and then figure out what they would make. They just started moving forward, trying anything that might get them out of the garage and pay the light bills. According to Bill Hewlett: When I talk to business schools occasionally, the professor of management is devastated when I say that we didn’t have any plans when we started— we were just opportunistic. We did anything that would bring in a nickel. We had a bowling foul-line indicator, a clock drive for a telescope, a thing to make a urinal flush automatically, and a…
  • First Flight of the Airbus A310 — Airplanes by Design

    Mark Jones Jr
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    3 April 1982 was the first flight of the Airbus A310. Pictured here is the prototype A310. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? I’d be happy to post them and link to your website. Send a message to @FlightTestFact on Twitter to share your Airplanes by Design stories and photos. See more…
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  • Seaborne Airlines new routes San Juan > Santo Domingo

    Franklin Polanco
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Seaborne Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean , announces that its nonstop service from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan ( SJU ) to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ( SDQ ) began on 15 this month. Now travel for business or pleasure Dominican Republic are much easier with the launch of this new route . Santo Domingo is the fourth destination in Dominican Republic Seaborne , the company says in a statement sent to local media . The others are La Romana , which began in December 2013; Punta Cana , which began on…
  • Dominican Airports Reference Table

    Franklin Polanco
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Dominican Republic Information table from Domestic and International Airports, for quick reference and download.  Easy to print and fold for in flight review or PDF Download Kindly provided by Pilot Juan Carlos Leroux. Download here: Dominican-Airports-Table-March 2014  
  • Social Flight: Pencil Me In

    Franklin Polanco
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    With its free website and app, SocialFlight is helping pilots interact. From Plane & Pilot, By Marc C. Lee Pilots are social creatures. If somebody’s listening, we aviators are happy to talk about our aerial adventures, and we love to spend time with other pilots, obsessing over modifications, the latest cockpit goodies or comparing notes on techniques and procedures. The well-known “$100 hamburger” is the most common expression of aviator interaction, and weekend pilots comprise a considerable majority of the aviation population. The question that always springs up on…
  • International Fly In @ Montecristi Hotel El Morro

    Franklin Polanco
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Laura Garcia Petit, General Manager of Hotel el Morro , thanked the government and tourism authorities to promote the region and welcomed the visitors with a glass of wine from organic bananas produced in Montecristi. MONTECRISTI , Republic Dominicana. -10 private aircraft from the United States landed on the weekend at the new airport Osvaldo Virgil Montecristi , to know the region, the new hotel facilities and natural and ecological attractions within the government plan search and increase international tourism tourism private planes to the Dominican Republic. “Engaging the region…
  • Sun N Fun 2014 Galeria de Fotos

    Franklin Polanco
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    La República Dominicana estuvo presente en Sun N Fun 2014. La delegación  dominicana  esta encabeza por el Director del Departamento Aeroportuario  Aristides Fernandez  Zucco  y el Lic.Carlos Leroux, representando a la Comisión Aeropuertuaria  dominicana,  junto  a los directivos del Aeropuerto Internacional de Santiago de los Caballeros, situado en el centro de la República Dominicana,  donde operan unas 10 lineas  areas diariamente   hacia diferentes destinos. El grupo de Santiago  promociono  el tabaco dominicanos,  donde un especialista  tabaqueros fabricaba a manos…
 
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  • AvGeek is the worst buzzword ever and is damaging aviation

    Chris Clarke
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Let’s start off with a really quick exercise in reality. If you’ve ever tweeted the hashtag #avgeek, I want to you to exit your World of Warcraft game, put on some pants, slowly climb those steep, dark stairs out of your mom’s basement and quickly make your way to the nearest video store and pick up a VHS copy of The Right Stuff. Now watch the movie in its entirety and report back to me how many pilots would not punch you in the nose if you called them an avgeek. Who are you calling a geek? OK, good. You’re back and I already know the results of your report. Zero. There are zero…
  • The Skycatcher’s death proves the LSA rule is a failure

    John Zimmerman
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Light Sport Aircraft entered the world with high–probably absurd–expectations. These lighter weight, lower cost airplanes allow pilots to fly without a medical certificate, and were supposed to introduce a new generation to the glories of personal aviation. Flight schools could finally buy fresh airplanes and new pilots could finally afford to own an airplane, we were told. Cessna’s launch of the model 162 Skycatcher in 2006 seemed to be the tipping point for this movement: if the 70-year old manufacturer thought enough of the LSA market to launch its own design, surely a…
  • Enter nausea – a Pitts introduction

    Jon Sanders
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    It took better than 2 hours for my stomach to finally relocate to where it was supposed to be in my body. Up until that point I’m fairly certain it was just trying out new locations to see how it liked them. I never truly felt as though I was going to start painting either cockpit or concrete in a multitude of colors, but the thought of it occurring was right there in the back of my mind for those two hours. This, of course, is after my first aerobatic training flight in Sunquest Aviation’s Pitts S2A. The Cub was an intro to tailwheel airplanes, which quickly turned into something else.
  • Searching… for a lost airliner and others

    Richard Collins
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I don’t think that I believed I would ever see a search as long, expensive, and detailed as the one for the Malaysian 777. I did, though, in my time in the business, have some interesting experiences related to searching for lost airplanes. Most were in the seventies, when I was living in Arkansas. I was involved in some because I was an appointed member of the Arkansas Aeronautics Commission. We had no formal role in searches because they were in the capable hands of the Civil Air Patrol and the USAF. We were just an interested party. Arkansas had a unique problem that led to a lot of…
  • I have my license – now what?

    Greg Chestnut
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    In January of this year, I was fortunate enough to obtain my instrument rating. I’m a private pilot who, ever since I was a boy, always looked skyward and dreamed of becoming an actual pilot. My goal was to fly F-18s for the military, but that bubble was burst when I was in Air Force ROTC in high school and they told me I would be too tall to fly in fighters. The feeling of accomplishment is great – but now what? Fast forward to 2010… My mother is literally on her deathbed, and she looked at me and asked me not to squander my precious days here on Earth and to seek out and…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • ForeFlight adds 400 new airport diagrams

    Bret Koebbe
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    ForeFlight added over 400 new airport diagrams in the latest mid-cycle database update. The FAA currently publishes detailed airport diagrams for only a small fraction of the 5,200 public use airports in the U.S. They are primarily available for the larger tower-controlled airports and depict runways, taxiways, FBO locations, buildings and more. ForeFlight has been hard at work to improve this, and as of last week subscribers now have access to detailed airport diagrams for 400 more airports. ForeFlight has drawn each of these up from scratch, and they are as detailed and accurate (if not…
  • FAA completes ADS-B network

    John Zimmerman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    In a rare case of a government agency hitting a deadline (well, almost), the FAA announced this month that the nationwide network of ADS-B ground stations is complete. This system forms the backbone of the FAA’s NextGen Air Transportation System, a new approach to Air Traffic Control. For iPad pilots, the big news is that these ground stations are the same ones that transmit free weather and traffic information to portable ADS-B receivers. Coverage is now available almost everywhere radar coverage is available, and even reaches to the ground at some airports. The map below shows the…
  • Garmin Pilot for Android adds new map features

    Bret Koebbe
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Garmin is charging full speed ahead with enhancements to their mobile navigation apps in 2014. They’ve already added a sophisticated synthetic vision option to the app earlier this year, and last week at AERO in Germany they announced that Garmin Pilot for iPad will soon offer premium features for those flying in Europe, including weather, navigation data, charts, plates and more. Garmin is unique in that it is the only app developer that offers full-featured apps for both iOS and Android devices. While the iPad version is usually first to get the latest and greatest new features, the…
  • New NFlight app integrates with ForeFlight

    John Zimmerman
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    NFlight’s new iPhone Video Kit includes a variable ND prop filter, headset audio cable and suction cup mount. NFlight Technologies has become the leading supplier of aviation video accessories, with a variety of solutions for the GoPro and Garmin VIRB cameras, but also for the iPhone. At Sun ‘n Fun this year, the company unveiled some new products and a new app that just might make the iPhone a legitimate contender for the best cockpit video camera. While many pilots might scoff at the idea of using an iPhone for aviation videos, it’s actually a very capable…
  • Caring for your iPad battery

    Bret Koebbe
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    The inside of an iPad is mostly batteries. One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. Even with a high resolution screen and a powerful processor, Apple’s tablet offers a battery life of 4 to 6 (or more) hours in the air–better than almost every other competing tablet. This is a huge advantage in the cockpit, as it’ll last for the duration of all but the longest flights. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition. First, it’s important to…
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    New Airport Insider

  • Critical Controls: What Keeps You Up at Night?

    Dan Parsons
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Today’s post on safety assurance will focus on identifying and measuring critical controls. Checking an entire system of controls is a big job. Reporting on those checks would be an even bigger job and not necessarily a welcome thing if your senior management is as busy as mine. The company I work for employs a […]
  • A-CDM at Brussels Airport: Roadmap to Implementation

    Kris de Bolle
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In the previous episode, we made acquaintance with the stakeholders that were involved in successfully deploying Airport Collaborative Decision Making at Brussels Airport. Let’s now dive again into the 6 A-CDM concept elements and discover how a successful implementation can be approached. This is part 1 of 2. First Initiatives We need to go way […]
  • Rest Assured: Safety Assurance for a Good Night’s Sleep

    Dan Parsons
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    This is part 1 in a 3-part series on proactive safety assurance. This article provides a little overview on safety assurance as a process and a potential way to lighten the load to get started. Of the 4 pillars of ICAO’s Safety Management System (SMS) framework, I tend to think that Safety Assurance is the […]
  • Turkey Airports Build: Tackling Demand

    Guillaume Dupont
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This is part 2 in a 2-part series on Turkey airports build. In part 1, we looked at the current state of airports in Turkey. Istanbul’s new airport is without any doubt more than a plan to solve Ataturk’s current saturation. The mega project ”won’t only meet Turkey’s needs, but also be a hub for […]
  • Turkey Airports Build: Demand Surge

    Guillaume Dupont
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This is part 1 of 2 articles exploring the growth of airports in Turkey.   We hear a lot less about the aviation in Turkey  than in many other countries and even though Turkish Airlines ordered several hundred Boeing and Airbus jets last year, the huge orders of the gulf carriers quickly took the headlines, again. And when […]
 
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    Keyboard and Rudder: Notes of a CFI

  • The best advice often comes in the fewest words, Part 1: Doing it right

    Larry M. Coleman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
     "Never let this situation develop."Due to the pointless/counterproductive changes in the requirements for the Airline Transport Pilot certificate that go into effect on August 1st, I'm going to be taking my ATP multi-engine checkride in July. I already have it scheduled with Tom Brady (no, the other one) at Traverse Air, and I've started studying ahead for the oral part.I got my commercial multi-engine with him several years ago as one of those "learn to fly a twin in a weekend" courses. I was skeptical that it would be anything more than a checkride cram course, but he was recommended…
  • Just because your engine dies doesn't mean you have to.

    Larry M. Coleman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Among people who don't fly, there is a misconception that the only thing keeping an aircraft in the air is the engine. In reality, the plane stays in the air because of the wings, and all the engine really does is keep it there longer than it would have without an engine.(Of course, glider pilots would argue that the engine doesn't even do that, since they have no engine and they routinely fly over 1000 miles in competitive events, which is hundreds of miles more range than the typical small Cessna/Piper/Beech.)I created a short video a little while back to demonstrate this in action by…
  • A collision that won't raise your insurance rates

    Larry M. Coleman
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Googie precedes Google by 50 years, but you can combine the two and use Google to search for Googie. That's a neat trick, but what does that have to do with aviation?Three things: the movement itself was inspired by the new Jet Age, the Theme Building (or "flying saucer") at LAX and the TWA Flight Center at JFK are oft-cited examples of Googie architecture, and the FAA's AC 00-6A, Aviation Weather, which you will need to become friends with as part of your ground study, is marinaded in hand-drawn examples of Mid-Century Modern art, right down to the cover:State of the 1975 art. And that's the…
  • Coming back to life

    Larry M. Coleman
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:13 pm
    A few days ago, AOPA announced a "rusty pilots" initiative to help bring people who haven't flown in years back into the ranks of active pilots. This is a great idea, and I certainly hope it succeeds. After all, one of the hardest things about being a pilot is becoming a pilot, so it's a lot harder to add to the pilot community by creating new pilots from scratch than it is to "resurrect" lapsed pilots.Notice I didn't say "former pilots". That's because there is no such thing as a former pilot: once you have a license, it's good forever. However, you can't exercise the privileges of that…
  • Who put Loki in charge of the weather this year?

    Larry M. Coleman
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    For almost everyone in the United States, this has been an unusual winter. Here in the Great Lakes area, we have been blasted with cold front after bitter cold front, and many of them have been powerful enough to plow their way all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico, bringing snow all the way to New Orleans. In the past couple of weeks, we have been teased with some almost 60° days, only to have those hopes of Spring squashed with another coat of snow.We're entering the first of the semi-annual unsettled weather periods, albeit a bit late. The first unsettled period happens around March or…
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